No. 1 Oregon went toe to toe with No. 4 Duke in the first half of tonight’s Sweet Sixteen matchup, but pulled away in the second half to win 82-68 and reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 2007, when Ernie Kent coached the Ducks. Dillon Brooks led Oregon with 22 points while Elgin Cook chipped in 16 of his own to go with nine rebounds.
On the whole, both teams played quite well. Oregon shot 49 percent from the field, while the Blue Devils hit 44 percent of their shots. The only difference between both teams from a statistical standpoint was that the Ducks outrebounded Duke 42-32 and made 43.5 percent of their threes, while Duke shot just 32 percent from beyond the arc.
From a basketball standpoint, however, Duke didn’t come anywhere close to Oregon. The Ducks proved just how special a team they are this year and just ran the pick and roll effortlessly, rising high for a number of dunks and hitting clutch shots when they mattered most. Simply put, they ran like a well-oiled machine and have plenty of momentum heading into the Elite Eight.
And in the Elite Eight, Oregon’s balanced attack will have to contend with the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners and star shooting guard Buddy Hield. Needless to say, come 6:09 p.m. ET on CBS Saturday night, this game is going to be a must-watch.
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